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To: okchemyst
One of the great physicists of the "Golden Era", perhaps De Broglie, said something to the effect that no theory gains acceptance because its opponents are suddenly converted to it, but rather because the opponents gradually die off and a new generation arises that has grown up with it.

Mencken's Lincoln-hating isn't a theory--it's a diatribe. Mencken was a bitter, irrelevant, crusty old fart and atheist who could write well. In this he was remarkably similar to Ayn Rand, except that Rand couldn't write well.

62 posted on 06/21/2002 6:58:52 AM PDT by Kevin Curry
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To: Kevin Curry
In this he was remarkably similar to Ayn Rand, except that Rand couldn't write well.

LOL. That's a good line. But Kevin, Mencken could really write well and Ayn Rand really couldn't. Much as I enjoy Mencken's style and wit, I can't argue with the basics of your description.

64 posted on 06/21/2002 7:15:27 AM PDT by Huck
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To: Kevin Curry
In this he was remarkably similar to Ayn Rand, except that Rand couldn't write well.

LOL. That's a good line. But Kevin, Mencken could really write well and Ayn Rand really couldn't. Much as I enjoy Mencken's style and wit, I can't argue with the basics of your description.

65 posted on 06/21/2002 7:16:42 AM PDT by Huck
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To: Kevin Curry
Mencken's Lincoln-hating isn't a theory--it's a diatribe. Mencken was a bitter, irrelevant, crusty old fart and atheist who could write well. In this he was remarkably similar to Ayn Rand, except that Rand couldn't write well.

I'll have to disagree with you on this one, Kevin.

The fact that Mencken is an athiest and a "crusty old fart" has no affect on the truth that Lincoln is the father of expanding government.

In this case, Mencken is standing for the truth.

93 posted on 06/21/2002 12:36:54 PM PDT by A2J
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To: Kevin Curry
Mencken was a bitter, irrelevant, crusty old fart and atheist who could write well. In this he was remarkably similar to Ayn Rand, except that Rand couldn't write well.

Well put.

118 posted on 06/21/2002 7:25:12 PM PDT by Roscoe
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